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The blog that inspires leaders in the UK education sector

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The blog that inspires leaders in the UK education sector

Charlie Roden

Wellbeing podcast: teacher mental health

In the first episode of the Optimus wellbeing podcast, Charlie Roden explores the causes of poor teacher mental health, and what can be done to improve staff wellbeing.

Concerns over teacher mental health are on the rise.

The most recent Teacher Wellbeing Index found that over a third of education professionals have experienced a mental health issue in the past academic year, and nearly half consider their organisational culture to have a negative effect on their wellbeing.

Worries over health have caused 57% of teachers to consider leaving the profession within the past two years, and 78% of those in the sector have experienced psychological or physical symptoms due to their work.  

In this episode, we’ll be looking at:

  • some of the main causes of poor teacher mental health [1:22]
  • recruitment and retention [4:35]
  • the responsibility of senior leaders [5:52]
  • creating a culture of whole school wellbeing [9:52]
  • making staff feel appreciated [12:05]
  • looking after yourself [19:48]
  • choosing the right work environment. [23:11]

Our Supporting Staff Wellbeing conference takes place on Wednesday 25 March in Manchester.

This event will equip you with invaluable guidance and easy-to-implement strategies to create a whole-school culture that priorities staff wellbeing.

Secure your place.

Meet our speakers! 

Thérèse Hoyle

We need to learn to say no, and that's something we can find very difficult to say in education

 Thérèse is an educational consultant and executive coach  with over 20 years’ teaching experience.

 She advises schools and teachers on aspects of behaviour management, anti-bullying, social, emotional and mental health needs of children and teens, staff wellbeing, organisational development, coaching and leadership.

John Viner

Leaders need to remember that it's part of the human condition to want recognition

John has a history of successful school leadership, having run five primary schools, including a popular teaching school and a challenging coastal school which he led out of special measures.

He is now a writer, consultant and works for a teacher training body as a tutor and trainer.

Kelly Hannaghan

It's really important that your values and beliefs match with the schools that you choose to work in

Kelly is the wellbeing consultant for the Primary First Trust Schools.

She has spent the past 13 years of her career passionately promoting the importance of mental wellness for all stakeholders in education.

Kelly is a professional speaker sharing her strategies and successes of embedding whole school wellbeing and is an active blogger and writer of mental health in education.

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